Wii U combines best of both worlds, offers fun for casual, hardcore gamers

By Roy Herrera

The time has finally arrived. No, not the time to worry about our finals in three weeks, but the time to move on to the next generation of consoles.

It was only a matter of time until the new gaming consoles would be released. On Sunday, Nintendo released its seventh generation console, the Wii U, with a lot of anticipation from both dedicated and casual gamers.

The Wii U is the successor to the Nintendo Wii, and it looks to fix some of the issues the Wii had in its life cycle.

One of the issues with the Wii was the lack of HD graphical support. The Wii U will support full HD graphics, so all the games will look great on your screen.

Another major issue with the Wii was a poor game launch line-up. There weren’t many games to choose from when the Wii came out, but there is a huge line-up for the Wii U. A couple of the games are: New Super Mario Bros. U, ZombiU, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two and many more.

One last issue with the Wii was the fact that it was mostly motion controls. Most of the time, the player would have to wave the Wii Remote in front of the sensor in order to play. Some games suffered because of this, so the Wii U will come with a new controller.

The new Wii U GamePad is a breed between a regular controller and a tablet. The Game Pad adds to the experience by adding a second screen. Players are able to use the new screen in order to accomplish some goals in games or to check their progress. The GamePad can also be used as a motion control device, and it has the style of a regular controller, so it combines the best of both worlds.

Aside from using the GamePad for gaming, it can also be used as a tablet. The GamePad offers a 6.2-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen that can be used to search the Internet. The GamePad also includes a camera and a microphone that can be used for video and voice chat between Wii U consoles.

The console itself looks great. It weighs 3.5 pounds and is 1.8 by 10.6 by 6.75 inches. The console is available in black or white, and it comes in two bundles. The basic bundle comes with a white 8 GB Wii U console, a GamePad with a stylus, a sensor bar, and a HDMI cable along with the power adapter. The deluxe set bundle comes with a black 32GB Wii U console, a Game Pad with a stylus and a sensor bar and an HDMI cable with the power adapter. According to Nintendo.com, the basic bundle costs $299.99 and the deluxe set bundle costs $349.99. Both consoles have backwards capability, which means you can play and use the Wii’s older games and accessories. It is important to note that there is a major update which allows for the backwards capability. Without the update you will not be able to use this feature, so an Internet connection is required. If you want more memory storage, you can increase the capacity with an SD memory chip or an external hard drive.

Overall, this is a great console. I had some time to play with the device and it plays and feels great. The price is reasonable and the game line-up is excellent.

This console is much better than its predecessor, but it’s not the future of gaming. If you are a fan of Nintendo and its games, this is a must-buy. If you are unsure, then I recommend you wait until Microsoft and Sony unveil their future consoles in the upcoming year. Since the Wii U is being targeted at kids as well as adults in the holiday season, expect it to be sold out in many stores.